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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3M37
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: OGIN SL Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Short course
Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment



Continuous assessment

Post-short course assessment package


Module Overview
This modules provides an overview of current applications of composite materials from design, through manufacture to repair and structural health monitoring.

None; however, if Introduction to Composite Materials is selected then that module should precede this one.

Module Aims
This course aims to:
•           Provide a systematic understanding of many important manufacturing, design, joining and repair issues of concern in current applications of composite materials and a critical awareness of current problems with the technology

•           Develop a conceptual understanding of the goals and limitations of structural health monitoring of composite structures, together with an understanding of the considerations involved in implementing many optical and non-optical smart applications, including process monitoring, structural/damage monitoring and damage limitation and self-healing.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course and associated assessment package, students will:
•           be able to suggest solutions for a wide variety of simple composite design/manufacturing/repair problems

•           be able to evaluate critically whether an optically-based solution is appropriate for health monitoring a particular composite structure or whether another solution is appropriate based on other smart concepts

Module Content
Properties of Laminates
Principles of Processing Polymer Matrix Composites
Processing Thermosets
Mechanical Design Criteria
Processing Thermoplastic Composites
Composite Design
Joining & Repair
Applications in Aerospace
Applications: General Engineering and Land Transport
Overview of Structural Health Monitoring
Introduction to Smart Systems for Composites
Basic Principles of Guided Waves and Optical Fibres
Optical Measurement Systems (Distributed and Point)
Optical Sensors for Process Monitoring
Optical Sensors for Strain and Damage Monitoring
Practicalities of Sensor Fabrication
Optical Self-Sensing Concepts and Deployment
Commercial Perspectives on Implementing Optical Systems
Dielectric Monitoring of Cure in Thermoset Polymer Systems
Shape-Memory Alloy Composites
Self-Sensing and Self-Healing Systems
Piezoelectric Sensor Systems
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Intensive five day teaching period including lectures, tutorials, problem solving and laboratory sessions, followed by assessment package of a nominal 120 hours work, to be submitted within six months (part-time) or six weeks (full-time) of the end of the course week.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading - None
Recommended background reading:
Hull D and Clyne TW, An introduction to Composite Materials, 2nd ed, Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Agarwal BD and Broutman LJ, Analysis and Performance of Fiber Composites’, Wiley, 1980.

Matthews FL and Rawlings RD, Composite Materials: Engineering and Science’, Chapman & Hall, 1994.

Last Updated

29 April 2008